Recipes for the basic, but delicious, cranberry sauce have been in print in American cookbooks, magazines, and trade pamphlets, virtually unchanged, since the 19th century. Get some local organic berries, and enjoy them unembellished, or work up your own version, adding a little orange zest, horseradish, fresh ginger, or other spice to suit your menu.
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- ½ cup sugar (white or brown) or 1/3 cup honey
- 2/3 cup water or orange juice
Rinse and pick over berries.
Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer aggressively until the berries have all popped, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Taste for sweetness and season as desired.
Pour into serving bowl; sauce will set as it cools.